Clause 27 - Handing over tobacco etc to underage people in Wales

Tobacco and Vapes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:30 pm ar 9 Mai 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Llafur, Mitcham and Morden

With this it will be convenient to discuss schedule 1.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Clause 27 provides that schedule 1 amends aspects of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017. It amends the existing provision relating to the handing over of tobacco to under-age people to align to the new age of sale. It also extends the offence to cover the handing over of vaping products to those under 18. The schedule updates definitions in the Public Health (Wales) Act to align to the definitions set out in the rest of the Bill, including the definitions for herbal smoking products and nicotine products. These are needed to ensure that the law in Wales is correct and accurate and aligns with the provisions that the Bill is introducing across the rest of the UK. I therefore commend the clause and schedule to the Committee.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (Primary Care and Public Health)

We support the clause, which introduces schedule 1 to ensure that provisions on age of sale in the 2017 Act align with the new age of sale restrictions that we have discussed. Our colleagues in the Welsh Government have welcomed this Bill and pledged to work jointly with the Westminster Government to take collective action to tackle the harms caused by smoking and youth vaping across the United Kingdom. Wherever practicable, we support consistency of the law across all four nations, which will greatly aid public understanding and acceptability, support consistent enforcement and ensure that there is a level regulatory playing field for us to work towards a smoke-free future.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 27 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 1 agreed to.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned. —(Aaron Bell.)

Adjourned till Tuesday 14 May at twenty-five past Nine o’clock.

Written evidence reported to the House

TVB 30 Nottingham Centre for Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

TVB 31 Jordon Anderson

TVB 32 UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (UTARG)

TVB 33 Public Health Scotland

TVB 34 The Campaign for Children’s Lung

TVB 35 The Grassroots Campaign Against the Tobacco Ban

TVB 36 The Incident Response Group

TVB 37 Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (supplementary)

TVB 38 ASH Scotland (supplementary)

TVB 39 Dr Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, Faculty of Business and Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland